Thankful Thursday: When Your Arms Get Tired


This month, thanks go to Laurie at Women Taking a Stand for hosting Thankful Thursday. Join us!

“And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.” Exodus 17:11-12 (NKJV)

“But those who wait n the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)

This Thursday brings many reasons for gratitude. I am thankful for my freelance writing work, which helps with the bills. Lately, I’ve been staying up late, writing more than usual. Earlier in the week, I felt overwhelmed, wondering how I was going to keep going at that pace, worrying that I wouldn’t be able to meet my goals for the month. I prayed for the strength to keep working past the fatigue.

This week, I received an e-mail devotional which recounted the story in Exodus of Israel’s battle with Amelek. Israel was winning, but only as long as Moses held up his arm. When Moses became tired, Aaron and Hur held Moses’ arms up for him. Moses did not need to rely on his own strength.

I am grateful that I can rely on God’s strength — not my own. I get tired and my brain becomes frazzled, but our God never grows weary.

I am also thankful:

— that my husband’s health is constantly improving.

— that the wildfires in our area of Texas have abated.

— that my mother is enjoying her creativity and artistic talents along with my husband and me.

— for all the good thoughts from friends on my birthday this week.

God is good!

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7 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday: When Your Arms Get Tired

  1. Yes, God is good. And don’t you love it when the very thing you need to hear/read appears seemingly from thin air?

    Isaiah 40:31 is one of my very favorite verses.

    Praying God continues to strengthen and inspire you.

  2. There are always so many things to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing yours. I found the link to your blog on Ruby for Women. Belated happy birthday to you, Judith!

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